Terengganu’s Perdanas and Mercs

From Rocky’s Bru, where I first read about it:

The Terengganu state government is coughing up RM3.43 million for 14 units of the Kompressor. The same amount can get you 34 units of Perdana, with change (since Proton gives special rate for government purchases).

From Tok Mommy’s blog where she finds out more:

“After having made a study, the state government finds that in the long run, it is better to use a new car to replace the Perdana V6 Executive which has been in use since more than four years ago.” – State Secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong.

From Thor Kah Hoong on Malay Mail:

Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said is “not saying that the national car is not good, but in reality we are coughing up more money for maintaining the Proton Perdanas, particularly the gear boxes.” High maintenance? Problematic gear box? One car idling in the workshop twice in three years, and running up a bill of RM50,000? Datuk, if you are not saying that the Proton Perdana is a clunker, what are you saying?

“In the long run, Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain and could also save us fuel costs.” A gas-guzzler too? Another bolt in the steel coffin for the Proton Perdana.

“The cars (referring to the Mercs) could also fetch a high market price, when sold as second-hand cars.” A lower resale value, and you are “not saying that the national car is no good,” Datuk?

While we are being dazzled by voodoo economics, you could have mentioned that in getting the cars tax-free, the State was paying RM108,888 less per car than Johari Public; that’s over RM1.5 million in total in savings.

Pretty much sums everything up doesn’t it? I think at this point, whatever the Terengganu MB says to defend his decision is just going to be bad, bad, bad. It is exactly how Thor has pointed it out. Every “plus” for the Merc is a “minus” for the national car.

And it’s also quite irrelevant to say that the money used to buy these new cars didn’t come from the oil royalty that Terengganu is getting back. Wherever the money came from, whether the state coffers, or the oil royalty, or straight from the Federal Government, it is still taxpayer’s money, ain’t it? Does it make it “better” that the RM 3.43 million didn’t come from the oil royalty? I don’t think so.

And to make it even funnier (not that it’s supposed to be), Najib says the Cabinet is going to talk about this issue of buying Mercs rather than Proton Perdanas.

Like the comments left after the article on Malaysian Insider, I see no reason why the Cabinet thinks it’s worth talking about. Does the Cabinet not have anything else to talk about?

Najib’s also not happy about T’ganu state excos driving Mercs because:

“I use national cars and the Prime Minister uses national cars, too,”

From the StarOnline. Sounds whiny.

I don’t like Perdanas, for very personal reasons. But I used to like them. I thought they were one of the more “handsome” cars that Proton produced. Looks like now, thanks or no thanks to Ahmad Said, Proton Perdanas just aren’t that viable, are they?

This can’t be good advertising.

7 Comments on “Terengganu’s Perdanas and Mercs”

  1. Oldstock says:

    Here’s how I look at it,

    Ahmad Said wants to prove a point. He was appointed to the MB post not by Abdullah or by Najib. He doesn’t give a hoot to what the top UMNO brass think of him buying the Mercs for Terengganu’s Exco.

    Dare to be different. Way to go Ahmad Said!
    Well well. Different people, different way of looking at things. Glad you left a comment. Shows that there are more ways than one to look at something.

  2. KevinP says:

    Either way…. it looks bad on BN. Ahmad Said’s ways only epitomizes what BN is all about. Whichever block of BN you are from, you are the same. Hence… CHANGE! We have seen Pakatan’s thrifty ways. I am sure Malaysia cant sink any more lower than she already has.

  3. Kathy says:

    I rather take the Merc than the Proton Perdana anyday. That is my personal choice. But if Ahmad Said can prove and show the nation the actual cost of the maintenance of the proton perdanas then we should support their choice.

    At least someone is standing up to the two so-call leaders and it is from their own race.

  4. Kathy says:

    By the way it is a total waste of time to discuss such matters during the cabinet meetings or palimentary meetings. There are more pressing matters like the rising cost of living for the ordinary people of Malaysia that they need to address and figure a way to help out.
    I agree. There must be issues more important that the kind of cars state excos should or shouldn’t drive.

  5. KevinP says:

    Heard over radio this morning that Said claims that one of the Perdanas bought ran up a maintenance bill of RM175,000!!!!!

    I wonder if he uses his brain to talk. For 4 years, I would be quite certain that for the first year or 100k km, the warranty applies. Assuming that the councillor hit 100k km in 6 months. That leaves 42 months left to spend RM175k. Every part replaced would definitely have its own warranty period.

    Now if I were him, before I open my mouth, I will first investigate if the councillor has collaborated with the workshop to embezzle the money? No?

    RM175k! This fler pays approx RM4100/- per month to repair/service his Perdana…. geez…
    This is damaging Proton’s image. If indeed the national car is that expensive to maintain, more effort should be put in to improve the national car.

  6. Kathy says:

    If there efforts to improve the national car, it would have started years ago and not wait until so many complains. The problem with them is the mentality that whatever they throw out to the citizens, the citizens will take it.

    That is why some folks can vouch to say that Perodua has better quality management than Proton. Spare parts for Proton is expensive — eventhough SMEs in Malaysia is suppose to be supplying the workshops — corruption is at play…..

  7. KevinP says:

    Mich, check this out…


    RM175k maintenance is nothing to compared to Idris Jusoh’s R235k maintenance.

    Read and weep.
    Thanks Kevin. Like what the blogger said, “Ada yang tak kena”.

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